Ram Herrera has the biggest, smoothest voice in Texas. He leads,"The Outlaws", a red hot powered big band that owns the stage, thrilling audiences on everything from hooky cumbias and power ballads to cool Salsa grooves and hot Latin Rock. Ram, his band and his organization put musical quality and production value first and it shows in the incredible excitement they generate in town after town, night after night. They have won numerous industry awards and continue to be a main force in Tejano Music.
Eddie Gonzalez, also known as "The Dancing Cowboy", continues to entertain Tejano/Conjunto audiences with his hyper-energetic dance moves and heavy accordion-driven melodies. Since the early 90's Eddie has recorded hit after hit with his unique style that only he can execute. Hits including "Mi Charchina", "El Disgusto", "Porque", "Tu Tu Tu", and "Necesito", are among the list of songs that have made Eddie Gonzalez, a household name.
Joey Martinez y Xclusivo, San Antonio's premier Tejano act is on its way to emerging to be one of the best in la onda Tejana. Founder, owner, songwriter, music composer and arranger, as well as the lead singer Joey Martinez remembers as a little boy performing for his family and friends at birthday parties aka "pachangas."All his life he has been a crowd pleaser. This brings him to where he stands today; ready to rock the Tejano sound back up to its peak. He started his own band Xclusivo, wrote his own music on the debute cd such as "El Sonido De Nosotros Nunca Muere ", "Alcabo Mujeres Sobran" etc. Nine songs out of eleven are originals and guarantee to catch your ear. Xclusivo has performed around Texas nightclubs, festivals and the Tejano Explosion 2010, 2011 and 2012 during Fiesta in San Antonio. Joey had great success with his debute cd "El Sonido De Nosotros Nunca Muere" and is now onto his second cd "Project X" which include songs like "Tu No Tienes Que Quererme" the single is currently on rotation on many online and A.M. and F.M. Tejano radio stations nationwide and Joey Martinez is about to release Xclusivo's latest 2013 single, "El Manoso" along with many more hits. It promises to and it's guaranteed to steal your Tejano heart!!!. So get ready to get XCLUSIFIED!!!
Los Desperadoz is conjunto band based in San Antonio, Texas. The group has over the years earned because of their continuous touring a sizable fan base. Their string of albums for EMI Latin beginning with Rough Rider has also increased their following. The band member, Mike, Lee, P.J., Joey and Jess are like family to their fan base. This popular group has won numerous industry awards and continues to play their music before full venues.
Dynamic showmanship, talent, charisma, and boyish good looks, go a long way in describing "Jaime y Los Chamacos". That with and a stage presentation that cannot be duplicated has made them into one of the most successful and enduring bands over the years. They have received 5 Grammy Award Nominations, been recgonized as TTMA Show Band of the Year, and TTMA Male Entertainer of the Year. They have played before President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton in Corpus Christi.
The Grammy Award, TTMA award winning artist was born Jesse Perez Jr. in San Antonio, Texas. He started his own band in 1983, "Mysterio", which led him to joining David Lee Garza y Los Musicales in 1990. After enjoying a huge success with David Lee, he decided to go on his own, the rest is history. He has recorded song after award winning song and tours throughout the US and Mexico. He joins that select group of artists that are known by one name "Jay". He is also dubbed as "The Voice". He has never forgotten where he came from and his fans just love him. During his electrifying performance he manages to make you feel as though you are part of the family. He is a mainstay with Tejano Explosion and we hope to continue to have him for your enjoyment.
The Grammy Award winning, Tejano Music Award winning, Hometown Boys from Lubbock, Texas have a very basic style of music that appeals to all generations of Tejano Music Fans. In 1996 they were inducted into Lubbock's "Buddy Holly Walk of Fame', to be alongside other Texas Music Legends such as Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and Wayland Jennings to name a few. The Hometown Boys continue to bring their special interpretation of our music to us today. They are one of our mainstays and Tejano Explosion would not be the same without them.
Maravia is a Top Notch Tejano Band. They always give thier fans an Explosive Show when performing thier hits off thier latest CD, Maravia "Eres La Mujer". Thier True Tejano Style of music that is sure to captivate everyone at Tejano Explosion 2013.
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Marisa Cortez is an up and coming performer and vocalist who began performing at the age of 8 and is currently 12 years old. Marisa currently studies voice under the direction of Jack Hernandez and is also a member of The Network for Young Artists where she also studies voice, guitar and performance techniques. Marisa was featured on Great Day SA, El Gordo y La Flaca, the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Street Talk Entertainment News Magazine, Waco Tiempo News and also the Waco Tribute Herald and our very own San Antonio Express News. An article written by Craig Kapitan referred to Marisa as the pint-sized Selena doppelganger (which means ghost like) as he witnessed her performing at San Antonio Market Square. Marisa was the Mayors Choice overall winner in the 2009 Our Part of Town talent competition where she took home the $1000.00 grand prize! She sings to a variety of music, but is most known for her Tejano performances and is referred to as "La Tejanita". She absolutely loves the stage and has amazing stage presence wearing great costumes to compliment her singing and dancing performances! Marisa has blossomed into a great entertainer attracting crowds of all ages while performing to many Tejano favorites. Marisa hopes to audition for and attend Juilliard School in New York. She is a very sweet, beautiful and talented little girl with very big dreams! I'm sure you will continue to hear more about Marisa as her career progresses.
Grupo Siggno is a regional Band from Santa Rosa, Tx which specializes in Tejano Music. The band is comprised of Joey Flores, Charles Scott, Fabian Navarette, David Rosas and Sergio Tabares. They made their album debut with with Al Principio, released their second album Por Amor and many others since then. They have been nominated for Latin Grammies for successive albums with Freddie Records, Capitulo 5 and Six Pack. This is their debut at Tejano Explosion and we look forward to having them here in the future.
Born in San Antonio, Texas but raised in Mercedes, Elida was influenced by Roberto Pulido, La Mafia and Laura Canales. The leading female force in Tejano Music of her generation, she has attained this recognition as a result of her instinctive understanding of rhythm, passion for performing, and her willingness to take a creative attitude of her artistry and stardom. Elida Reyna continues to expand and diversify her music and style by her interpretation of her feeling in a song. She has performed with many of her peers and successfully recorded with other singers, i.e. Michael Salgado, etc. She continues to spiral upwards with her career and has been awarded numerous industry awards, among these the prestigious "Female Vocalist of the Year". Tejano Explosion is glad to once again present her as one of our entertainers for your musical enjoyment.
Josey Contreras has continued to pursue her dream as the music has always been in her heart and soul. Since the release of "Aqui Estoy Yo", she has opened for Jay Perez and continues to take part of the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair. As her career progresses, she has had the opportunity to perform with various other artists in the Tejano industry, along with meeting new people and getting to know them. Apart from that, she has also contributed herself to charitable and non-profit causes. In August 2012, Josey received a nomination for the 32nd Tejano Music Awards for Best New Artist – Female and made it to the Top 12. Then in October, she received 3 nominations for the Tejano Globe Awards for Best Female, Song of the Year, and Album of the year.
Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers are not just a Conjunto band, they are a family tradition. When listening to Los Gamblers you will find yourself tapping your foot, and soon after that, on the dance floor. The music is filled with emotion, and powerful lyrics that relate to everyday people. Led by Son and grandson of legendary accordionist, Ruben Naranjo, Los Gamblers continue the legacy of their unique style thrilling audiences across the US and Mexico.
Bonifacio (Boni) Mauricio III began entertaining audiences at a young age in June 1974, performing as a drummer along side his father Bonifacio Mauricio Jr. By 1980 Boni was a fluent drummer, bassist and bajista. During the 1980's while performing with Conjunto Legend and master accordionist Issac Figueroa, he asked for accordion lessons. Little did he know that his musical career would embark on a new horizon! Boni started playing the diatonic accordion in 1982 performing and/or recording with such Tejano greats as Los Campeones de Raul Ruiz, El Conjunto Madrigal, Conjunto Badd, Pio Trevino, Al Chavarria, and The Hometown Boys, to name a few. Boni, being influenced by his Padrino, Tony De La Rosa, took his advice to go solo. In 1992 Boni formed his own conjuto "Los Maximos". He developed his own style of both singing and accordion techniques by using influences from his mentors and or inspiration such as Jose Feliciano, Isidro Govella, Juan Sifuentes, Joe Ramos, Tony De La Rosa, Angel Flores, Mingo Saldivar, Flaco Jimenez, Salvador Garcia, Manuel Guerrero, Paulino Bernal, Steve Jordan and many others. With this mixture of combining voices and accordion techniques, Boni became very recognized. In 2001 Boni did his first solo recordings with Hacienda Records and to this day Boni continues to produce music for other bands and for himself. Throughout the past 38 years, Boni has acquired many recognitions and awards. The most recent being a full sponsorship by Roland as a Product Specialist for the FR-18 Diatonic V-Accordion, and his induction into the "The Tejano Roots Hall of Fame" as an Accordion Legend (House Bill 1019 passed by Governor Rick Perry) in 2011. Boni continues to perform throughout the U.S. and Mexico taking his very unique and admirable music to those that still want and hunger for authentic Conjunto.
Straight out of Kyle Tx, 4 musicians. Lead vocals and the main sqeeze box man Cedrick Romo 16 years old, second lead vocals Navor Romo Jr also known as big daddy of conjunto romo who plays the bass, Noe Romo 11 year old plays the bajo and keeping the beat for the band is 14 year JJ Romo who plays the drums....These boys have been into music for some time now.... They recently sign on with Joey records and are also known as los little rascals de conjunto, which was given to them by Los Dos Gilbertos.
The Tejano group "La Tropa F" comprised of members of the musical Farias family, have been around since they were teens and known as "Los Hermanos Farias". They have earned many industry awards for their albums, singles and group awards. They continue to tour and play all over the US and travel extensively in Mexico. They are well known, not only for the songs they have produced but also for their style of music. They have been with us for many years and we hope to continue to present their music to you.
He is one the few artists that is quite simply know by one name, "Michael". His music and his rapport with fans continue to re-enforce his commitment to better himself as an artist and a role model. Michael continues to enhance his stature as one of the true "Tejano Superstar" but also in the Mexican Norteno Music Scene. Hiis hit songs and albums have won so many awards, it is impossible to list them all in this short space. He is continually on tour having as many as 150 to 200 performances a year..He has reached out to thousands of Tejano Fans of all ages. He has become a Mainstay of Tejano Explosion.
Known internationally for their traditional Conjunto beats as well as their flashy "Pachuko" costumes, they have created an image and a sound uniquely their own. Known affectionately as "Los Cuatro Vatos Locos" this father and son combination of Jose Garcia Sr. & Joey Garcia Jr., as well as the other group members continue to tour non-stop to packed houses nation-wide. The group has received TTMA's album of the year award, most promising band award and has headlined at Rodeo Santa Fe de Monterrey , N.L. Mexico, in front of more than 25,000 Conjunto fans. Their TV appearances include performances on both the Univision and Telemundo networks. Their slogan "Keep it Conjunto, Carnal" continues to catch fire with radio DJ's programmers. This new CD "Keeps it Conjunto" with 12 brand new recordings never previously recorded by "Los Garcia Brothers". It features rancheras, cumbias and even a polka all done in the famous Garcia Brothers style. Highlights include: "Dejame Vivir", "Hoy Quedamos A Mano" "La Mancha" and many others, including the title song "Tomando Y Bailando" Enjoy the music of todays living legends of Conjunto, "Los Garcia Brothers" as Los Cuatro Vatos Locos do it again with "Tomando Y Bailando" exclusively on Hacienda Records!
Little Joe & La Familia has been one of the most popular Tex-Mex bands in the music industry. Little Joe has been entertaining more than 50 years and has been described as the "KING OF THE BROWN SOUND". He has also helped pioneer "Tex-Mex"music, a mix of traditional"norteno" music and country,blues and rock styles. After 50 Years......and over 50 albums later, Grammy Award legend, Little Joe continues to the world, trailblazing, looking forward to new challenges, breaking down cultural and musical barriers and innovating his musical stlye. As always,Joe strives to bring many people together to make a more peaceful and harmonious world.
As one of Tejano Music's most celebrated recording artists, Joe Posada is widely renowned by music lovers for having combined the sounds of Jazz and Tejano, thus creating a unique melodic fuse that has been found both intriguing and real by audiences. A sought-after entertainer, versatile fountain of musical proficiency, and an unmatched source of melodious passion and ardor, Posada continues to enthrall audiences everywhere he goes; reminding them that great music and first-class entertainment is not at all a thing of the past!
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Ramon Ayala is a master Accordianist, vocalist, and songwriter whose career spans well over 40 years. He is among the very few artist that was able to successfully bridge the gap between modern day Tejano Music and modern day Norterno Music. He is well known in the early years of his career for his founding with Cornelio Reyna of the Award Winning Conjunto "Los Relampagos". He formed Los Bravos Del Norte after that time and is a four time award winning Grammy winner in addition to many other awards. He tours all over the US and Mexico and shows no signs of slowing down. He remains a Living Legend of our Music and will be remembered as a founder of modern day "Norteno Music".
He is known for his distinctive style and presentation of this music. It has been described as simple, yet captivating and calculated. He is held in high esteem as an accomplished Drummer/Singer/Songwriter by his peers and has recorded in over 192 albums with almost every Major Tejano Superstar. He was awarded the TTMA Drummer of the Year Award (6 times), the TTMa Rising Star Award and he has received a Grammy. His CD "Mi Inspacion" produced eight #1 hits in many of the Tejano Radio Markets.
Imagine a young man's flight from poverty, from denial to embrace of his heritage, from a dream attained t0 a dream shattered, a rise and fall and rise again, to achievements unprecedented in his field That, in bare outline, is the life of A. B. Quintanilla or, more accurately, the first stage in the life of this extraordinary musician, producer, songwriter, loyal family member, and survivor. True, he had a head start in a Way; when his sister Selena shone as the brightest young star in Latin music, A. B. was at her side, producing her records, writing her hits, playing bass onstage with her in their family's band. But in the dark years that followed her passing in 1995, A. B. had to tight back toward the light 0n his own. It was, as he says now, an experience "I would not Wish 0n my worst enemy," yet it was also undeniably a trial from which one either emerges strong or doesn't emerge at all. Today, Quintanilla can look back on a history of rare accomplishment even as he builds on a foundation for conquests to come. He's won Grammys and BMI songwriting awards, founded and led one of the most popular bands in the modern Latin market, built a studio complex that lets him produce hits without straying far from his roots in Texas. Like his sister, A. B. has built a unique sound in his music by drawing from diverse sources of inspiration. And he's gearing up to explore areas untouched by other musical entrepreneurs. As the Latin music boom builds, A. B. Quintanilla's contributions will only grow greater. Yet no matter how many careers he launches, or how much he helps to enrich America's changing soundscape, he will never turn his back on the past, on the lessons learned through hardship as well as love.
Musical inheritance came at an early age for Ricardo Castillón as he picked up a guitar and soon learned how to play. Following his father's footsteps at age 12 and joining La Conexion Tejana, it immediately became a musical family affair for Castillón in the small, south Texas town of La Pryor. With several years of experience under his belt, Castillón decided to take control of his talent in the early 1990s, forming his own band with childhood confidant Jose Luis Benavides. Ricardo Castillón y La Diferenzia, based out of San Antonio, Texas, quickly drew popularity making waves among radio listeners across their genre. After the release of their self-titled debut in 1994, La Diferenzia won the hearts of their fans with chart topping hits such as "Si Lo Quieres," "Linda Chaparrita," and "Mundo Sin Guitarras" which soon revolved the group's LP to gold, then platinum status. La Diferenzia's quick success took them by storm, conquering venues across the country and landing the progressive Tejano super group onto several popular Hispanic TV shows such as "Sabado Gigante," "Onda Max," "Despierta America" and "Primer Impacto," as well as garnering Grammy and Premio Lo Nuestro nominations.
Savannah's "claim to fame" is qualifying at the Texas auditions and moving on to the national American Idol competition. She traveled to Hollywood to audition and was cut after a few group rounds. However, Savannah managed to appear twice on national television, and shares that the exposure was a huge learning experience. Savannah was born on April 8, 1988 in Thelma, Texas, and began singing with local bands at the tender age of eleven. She recorded her first single at the age of fourteen and recently embarked on a solo career with her debut CD. Savannah's influences include Laura Canales and Elida Reyna, and now at the age of 24, Savannah is making her mark on Tejano Music and living her lifelong dream.
The Palacios Brothers are a three brother musical group from Hebbronville, TX consisting of three very good natured, talented, and musically gifted brothers. The three brothers have been making music together since 2005. The Palacios Brothers have been performing and "awing" crowds all over South Texas. They are out and performing every weekend for the smallest of crowds to the largest… at bars, clubs, festivals, arenas, parties, and everywhere in between. They are always looking for the opportunity to share what they love with people. From the most southern tip of the U.S. in Brownsville, to the music capital of the world in Austin, these three brothers have been traveling, living, fighting, but most importantly making music together.
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El saxofonista Fito Olivares y su banda La Pura Sabrosura, donde participan sus hermanos Javier en la voz y a Jaime en los teclados, nacieron y crecieron en Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas; posteriormente se mudaron a Houston, Texas en el año de 1977. Tres años después formaron el grupo. En un principio el giro de la banda era de música de bolero y chicanas, pero debido a la demanda de la gente, cambiaron totalmente a la cumbia, encontrando ahí el camino que los llevaría al éxito. Fue en el año de 1988 que con canciones como "La gallina" y "Juana La Cubana" que empezaron a tener un éxito rotundo dentro de la música latina. Al siguiente año regresaron con los temas "La Negra Catalina" y "Agüita de melón". En 1990, Fito Olivares y La Pura Sabrosura ocuparon por varias semanas las listas del Billboard Latino con canciones charangas como "La ranita", "Cupido bandido" y "El paso del canguro" y con cumbias como "Juana María" y "El colesterol"; este último con un éxito rotundo. A Fito y a sus hermanos les gusta escuchar una gran variedad de géneros musicales y también gustan de interpretar éxitos como "Macarena" y "Muévelo" en sus conciertos en vivo. Es por eso que su música es tan agradable para el público, al escucharla es inevitable que la audiencia se pare a bailar. Además, ya hay agrupaciones que han tomado sus éxitos para tocarlos muy a su estilo. El saxofón ha sido el inseparable compañero de Fito, pero antes de decidirse a tocarlo, estudiaba Contaduría en la Universidad de la Ciudad de Camargo y fue gracias a su padre que decidió entrar al mundo de la música; él le enseñó a tocar ese instrumento. A los dieciséis comenzó una carrera profesional como artista; aún conserva su primer sax, el cual le regaló su papá y hasta hoy su forma de tocar este valioso instrumento lo ha llevado a ganarse el título de "El rey del saxofón". Fito Olivares y La Pura Sabrosura siguen en la promoción de todos sus temas que le han dado la vuelta al mundo…
Grupo Ondo is a young and rising Norteño/Tejano group based in San Antonio. They formed in late 2011 and are already making an impact by bringing a fresh breathe into the Tejano culture. The duo is backed by a bloodline rich in musical talent. Miguel & Ricardo are the grandsons of the legendary, Los Aguilares. Accompanied by Anthony (Bass) and Gabriel (Drums) they are looking forward to innovate the Norteño and Tejano market while keeping the Tejano roots strong and alive.